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How to Find the Right Adult Orthodontic Option for You

Are you an adult who’s self-conscious about your crooked or crowded teeth? Do you wish there was an easier solution than years of metal orthodontics?Fortunately, today you have numerous options that are explicitly designed with the adult lifestyle in mind. Treatment with adult orthodontics is typically more convenient, requires less maintenance, and delivers faster results than bracket and wire braces.In fact, you have so many options that it can be confusing to decide which is best for your needs. Here are a couple of innovative treatments that you may want to consider:Inman AlignersTreatment with Inman Aligners involves using a removable orthodontic alignment system that fits over your teeth. The inner ...

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The Unique Whitening Process of KöR

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Your smile is usually the first thing that people notice about you, and when you feel good about the way you look, it shows. Very few of us were born with perfectly beautiful teeth, so there may be things about your smile that bother you and that you would like to change.Revive Your Smile with Teeth WhiteningNothing can detract from your appearance like stained, discolored teeth. That is why professional teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic treatment dentists offer. It is a quick and affordable solution that can dramatically refresh your smile.Today, there are a wide variety of teeth whitening products available, but we choose KöR Whitening because it ...

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Teeth Looking Longer? It Might Be Gum Recession

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Do your teeth look longer than they used to? Do you notice sensitivity of your tooth roots?Both are common effects of gum recession. Many cases of gum recession are related to poor periodontal health, but other reasons include genetics, brushing too hard, misaligned teeth, and even lip piercings.What is Gum Recession?Healthy gum tissue (gingiva) is bright pink in color and surrounds a tooth at the base of the crown to hold it firmly in place. When your gums recede, your tooth roots become exposed, leading to an increased risk for periodontal infection.The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis and can typically be eliminated with thorough professional cleanings, improved oral ...

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Thinking of Whitening Your Teeth? Professional vs. Drugstore Whitening

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Some estimates say that Americans spend 1.4 billion dollars annually in their quest for a bright, head-turning smile, and it’s no wonder! There are very few treatments that can deliver the dramatic results that can be achieved with teeth whitening.If you would like to get an idea of how popular teeth whitening is, take a stroll down the oral care aisle of your local drugstore; you will find hundreds of over-the-counter products and kits of all types that claim to provide dazzling results.Professional vs. Drugstore WhiteningBut how do over-the-counter products stack up against professional teeth whitening? Not very well, unfortunately. You can invest a lot of money and countless hours ...

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Missing a Tooth? A Dental Implant Might Save the Day

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The experience of losing a tooth can have a profound impact on your quality of life. You probably don’t think much about all the work your teeth do until one is lost; then suddenly the function of your teeth becomes everything.You’ll Miss Them When They’re GoneAll your teeth are designed to work together to perform different jobs so you can eat, speak, and chew comfortably. When you lose a tooth, the extra work is shifted to the remaining teeth, which means some are doing work they were never meant to do. This can result in discomfort when you eat and chew, and excessive wearing of dental enamel.But comfort is only ...

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3 Tips for Caring for Your Teeth after Orthodontic Treatment

Caring for Your Teeth after Orthodontic Treatment | Lucio H. Kim, DDS
Having orthodontic treatment is a big decision! Taking this step means that you will make an investment in time and money with the goal of enjoying a straighter, healthier smile that you are proud to show off.So it can be a relief when you finish treatment and you can enjoy the results. However, you should know that orthodontic treatment does not end when your braces come off.Post-Orthodontic CareMany patients face two post-treatment challenges:Staining or plaque buildup around the bracketsTeeth that relapse to their original positionTo combat these two problems, there are three simple steps you can take to protect your investment:Schedule a thorough dental exam and cleaning. Most dentists recommend this ...

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Keeping Your Shiny Smile Looking Great after Whitening

Keeping Your Shiny Smile Looking Great after Whitening | Lucio H. Kim DDS
Few cosmetic treatments offer the dramatic smile transformation possible with professional teeth whitening. Having your teeth whitened is an investment, so once you take the step, you want to do everything you can to maintain the sparkling results.It’s a fact of life - as we age, our tooth enamel thins and becomes more porous. This leads to tooth discoloration as the yellowish layer of dentin beneath becomes more apparent and staining from certain foods and beverages that we consume.Another factor that contributes enormously to the whiteness of your smile is your general oral health routine. Are you brushing and flossing diligently? Do you visit your dentist for routine cleanings and ...

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